One of our favorite traditions around this time of year is making graham cracker houses. My daughters and I usually reserve the first Saturday afternoon in December for this. I let each of them invite a few friends, and we have a fun afternoon listening to Christmas music, making graham cracker houses and tree ornaments, and making some wonderful memories!
To make the graham cracker houses, you will need:
- 1 sleeve of graham crackers per person (more or less depending on the size of house you wish to build)
- candy, sprinkles, etc. (we like to use pretzels, mini marshmallows, gumdrops, gummy bears, fruity pebbles, M & M’s, jellybeans, chocolate chips, coconut, and whatever else we can find that is colorful. Be creative.
- icing (see recipe below)
- serrated knife (for cutting graham crackers)
- a tray or paper plate or a piece of cardboard or foam board to make your creation on (one for each person)
- individual bowls or containers for frosting (one for each person)
- 2 pounds confectioners sugar
- 6 Tablespoons Wilton Meringue powder (this can be found in the cake section at craft stores, etc.)
- 3/4 cup water
Add all ingredients to a stand mixer. Mix on low for 10 minutes. It will thicken/harden as time goes on. This made enough frosting for 5 houses. You may need more or less depending how big your house is and how many people you have.
To make the Graham Cracker House:
Making the actual house requires some time and patience.
- We usually start with a full graham cracker and one half graham cracker. I like to dip one end of the half-graham cracker into my bowl of frosting, and carefully adhere it to the full-sized graham cracker at a 90 degree angle. Here is a picture (only without the frosting).
- I will then add another half graham cracker opposite the first half-size graham cracker. Dip opposite ends into the frosting. Adhere one end to the other side of the full graham cracker.
- Add the final full-sized graham cracker opposite the first full-sized graham cracker. This is what it should look like (only with frosting added to bind the edges together.)
- Once you have the foundation of the house done, let it sit and harden for a few minutes before attempting to add the roof. If you add the roof while it is still wet, it will keep falling apart, and it can be frustrating. During this time, we like to work on decorating the ground. Add frosting for snow, and decorate as desired.
- Once the foundation is dried and secure, take 2 full sized graham crackers and put them together at a 45 degree angle to form the roof. Once done, it should look something like this:
- Now comes the fun part! Decorate as desired using candies, sprinkles, pretzels, etc.. Be creative and have fun!! 🙂 This is how my 12-year-old’s came out this year: